ADHRB Weekly Newsletter 50

Bahrain Must Fully Cooperate with OHCHR

On 2 May 2014, the United Nations (U.N.) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concluded a two-month technical mission to the Kingdom of Bahrain.  OHCHR has been extremely active in addressing the litany of human rights abuses in Bahrain. Unfortunately, the Government of Bahrain’s own obstinacy and interference limited the amount that OHCHR’s mission was able to achieve. Far from having a full implementation and reporting mandate, the Bahrain government limited OHCHR’s mission to “technical assessment,” and did not allow OHCHR’s team to provide implementation assistance or a public report of their findings. Further, the Government of Bahrain has refused to allow OHCHR to establish a full and permanent office in Bahrain in order to assist the Government in fulfilling its human rights obligations, despite the continuation of well-documented and systematic human rights abuses. When combined with previous slights against OHCHR, including the twice-cancelled visit by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and failure to allow any other U.N. Special Procedures to enter the country, it is clear that the Government of Bahrain is interested only in cosmetic cooperation with OHCHR and the positive media attention that it receives from such interaction.Read more here.



Bahrain News

Bahrain in the News
Bahraini Newspaper Faces Legal Action
Egypt Joins Gulf States’ Military Exercise
 U.S. to Bahrain: Don’t Do Business with RussiaCommentary on Bahrain
Western PR Firms Cover for Bahrain’s Abuses
The State Department is ‘Deeply Concerned’
 Clooney’s Fiancée Should Speak Up on Bahrain

State Department Reports on Bahrain
USCIRF Annual Report
Country Reports on Terrorism 2013

NGOs Statements on Bahrain
 Report on World Press Freedom Day
Bahrain Shooting the Messenger on Torture
 Two Activists Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison
 Press Freedom at the Lowest Level in a Decade
 Bahrain Rewards Arms Supplier With New Contract
 Judicial Persecution of News Providers Continues
 Mahdi, Imprisoned for Defending Teacher’s Rights

Arabic Articles
Defendants in Daih Explosion Case Confirm Torture
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Five Year Prison Sentence for 2 Activists
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Photos of Hunger Strikers Shows Abuse in Prison
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